U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team goalie, Jessie Vetter, was told that she could not wear her custom-made mask because it had the inscription, “We the People” on it. The International Olympic Committee said that the mask violated a regulation stating that you are not allowed to use propaganda to promote one’s country over another. Vetter has said that she doesn’t understand why those words would cause controversy and the only thing she could think as to why those words are forbidden is because the phrase is included in the Constitution.
Fox News — When Team USA women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter takes to the ice next month at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, her mask will be missing something.
Namely, the U.S. Constitution.
The International Olympic Committee, citing regulation, has required the 28-year-old goalie to remove an inscription bearing “We the People” on a custom mask made for her.
The mask’s artist, Ron Slater, told FoxNews.com that he believes the IOC sees it as “propaganda” promoting the United States over other countries – anathema to an event in which all athletes are regarded equally.
“It ruffles the wrong feathers, I guess,” said Slater, who also produces custom masks for NHL players. He said he and Vetter designed the mask – which was allowed to retain depictions of the Statue of Liberty, a screaming bald eagle and a “USA” shield – to show “figures that scream ‘America.’”
That’s when Vetter suggested they include the Constitution.